I have been thinking about this for a while and this bit was pending.
You know, I usually say, all yesterdays look the same, in flashback. When we look back at our lives, which all of us do, you would be a sucker not to admit it, then it doesn’t matter whether we are talking about the last week or 10 years back.
In flashback, everything looks like a movie in which we played a role.
Now, everything is temporary. Only, the duration of temporariness differs. Our existence is temporary, our relationships are temporary, our pleasures, motivations, desires-everything that exists because we are alive, is temporary. They are short-lived and ephemeral.
I recently ended a 2 year chapter in my life. Now, I had friends out there and there were some people with whom within a span of 2 years, I perhaps spoke for a few minutes. You know, some conversations we just have passing by-asking how lives are and sharing small tidbits of it and sharing a few smiles and laughter. Everything comes about in flashback.
At least, in my memory, nothing is erased. Almost, nothing. I don’t know about yours.
What is the point I am trying to drive here?
Here’s what I am saying. Don’t take a short cut approach to life. More importantly, don’t take a short cut approach to people. If you take casually the moments you spend with them- treat them indifferently, use them for marginal short-term gains, be insolent and hurtful to them-perhaps they will forgive you to cure their hurt, but they will never forget what you did to them.
Be loving, caring and the best you can be in every moment.
Don’t hurt them. Charm them and find ways to make people happy, even if for a few brief moments. You may never see some of them again.
The moments don’t last. Memories do, till the last days of our lives.
When you leave, leave smiles.
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